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It's fair time again!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Another year has passed and 4-H'rs are probably doing some last-minute scrambling to get their projects done.

For many individuals in Indiana, county fair time is one of the highlights of their summer. For me, I always thought it was neat to see what projects youth have spent all year raising and creating in order to exhibit at the fair. Not to mention how great it is to see what unique creative ideas residents enter in open class exhibits.

For the second year in a row, the Clay County and Owen County fairs will run simultaneously. Therefore, Peggy Davis (Extension Educator, HHS), Donna Owens (FNP Assistant), and I will be hopping from county to county in an effort to help make your county fair experience a great one.

Our efforts will be added to those put forth by Melanie Brown (Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development and CED in Clay County), Dave Schenck (Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development and CED in Owen County), County Extension Staff, 4-H Council Members, Fairboard Members, 4-H Members, Volunteers and numerous other individuals who hope that your experience at this year's fair will be the best ever.

The Clay County Fair runs from July 16-22. Some of the pre-fair events that you don't want to miss out on are the Dog Show July 10, at 6 p.m., and the Cat Show on July 12, at 6 p.m.

Then on July 16, all 4-H livestock are due at the fair and there will be a pet animal show at noon.

On Monday, July 18, you should stop by the AMAX Building and see the Purdue Master Gardeners and I at the Extension Office Booth. We will be there to help answer any gardening questions you might have and to tell you more about some of the exciting things going on in the coming year with Purdue Extension.

If you're interested in the Farm Bureau Flower Show, then stop by the fair on July 19, at 1 p.m., and see all the wonderful flowers on display.

And lastly, the Homemaker Afternoon at the Fair is July 21, at 1 p.m.

The Owen County Fair runs from July 16-24.

Some of the pre-fair events that you might want to take part in include the 4-H Dog Show on July 9, at 9 a.m., and the 4-H Bike Rodeo on July 13, at 6 p.m.

The 4-H Exhibit Hall will open up on July 17, so that you can see all of the neat projects 4-H'rs have successfully completed this year.

Also on July 17 is the 4-H Rabbit Royalty at noon.

The Health Fair will take place July 19 in the Open Class Building. Purdue Master Gardeners will be on hand during the Health Fair to answer your gardening questions and provide you with some gardening knowledge.

The Public Speaking and Demonstration Contest will take place at 1 p.m., in the Exhibit Hall July 20. Finally, at 6 p.m., July 22, the 4-H Livestock Auction will take place.

Fair time is an exciting time that can be enjoyed by all who take part in the activities.

Please realize that there are a lot of activities going on at both the Clay County and Owen County fairs, making it impossible to name every last event occurring during those days in this column.

If you happen to see me at either of the two fairs, please don't hesitate to say "Hi," as I am always excited to meet residents from the two counties and find out how Purdue Extension can help you.

As always, if you have any questions or would like any information on any agriculture, horticulture or natural resource topic, then please contact your local Purdue Extension Office at 448-9041 in Clay County or 812-829-5020 in Owen County, or reach me directly at smith535@purdue.edu.

Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution.

Upcoming opportunities available to you through Purdue Extension include:

* July 15 -- Clay County Open Class Projects Due,

* July 16 -- Owen County Open Class Flowers are entered,

* July 16-22 -- Clay County 4-H Fair,

* July 17-24 -- Owen County 4-H Fair,

* July 19 -- Clay County Farm Bureau, Inc., Flower Show, Clay County Fair,

* July 19 -- Specialty Flower Contest sponsored by the Owen County Garden Club, Owen County Fair,

* July 21 -- Owen County Conservationist Class, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Owen County Library, and

* July 30 -- Hoosier River Watch Certification Workshop: Adopt-A-Stream, Bloomington.